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Analysis: 3 takeaways from the Pew report on political polarization

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Americans on both ends of the political spectrum have at least a couple things in common: They are more likely to follow government and political news closely and then lead conversations with others about the topics. In fact, the 20 percent of people who are either far right or […]

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Analysis: School funding could be biggest debate of 2015 session

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A fascinating and important education debate is now brewing as the 2015 legislative session draws closer – and it’s not about testing or vouchers or even whether students should get a longer summer break. It’s about money. And it’s a discussion that could affect every school district across Indiana. […]

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Commentary: Malala, Nabila and the face of struggle

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com How do you solve the problem with Malala? How do you begin to pay adequate homage to this tiny pillar of prophetic courage while retaining the necessary reservations about celebrity politics and skepticism toward the Nobel establishment, the U.S. government, and their bundle of motives? You might consider Nabila. Nabila Rehman […]

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Commentary: Politicos turn to fear to motivate voters

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The ghost of Richard Nixon stalks this election. One of Nixon’s enduring legacies is the lesson, taught to him by his political mentor Murray Chotiner, that fear motivates voters more effectively than any other emotion. Make people scared, Tricky Dick understood, and you can drive them to the polls […]

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Analysis: Presidential visit is more than just a photo op for community it highlights

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s easy sometimes to be a tad cynical about staged political events like the one President Barack Obama had Friday in Princeton. He came to the Millennium Steel plant, a Toyota supplier, to talk about the economy, his support for a minimum wage hike and the importance of infrastructure […]

Analysis: Feds owe state, Hoosiers an answer about HIP 2.0

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Analysis: Feds owe state, Hoosiers an answer about HIP 2.0

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The groups gathered last week at the Statehouse represented an incredibly diverse group of people and organizations – doctors, older Hoosiers, hospitals, mental health centers and kids. But they had one message – and it was aimed at the federal government: Approve the state’s HIP 2.0 low-income insurance program. […]

Analysis: Demand means state, domestic violence groups should settle funding dispute

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Analysis: Demand means state, domestic violence groups should settle funding dispute

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The domestic violence scandal that has rocked the NFL has opened a national conversation about the issue and led thousands of women to call hotlines seeking help for their own abuse. That’s good news. But the influx is also stretching nonprofit groups already operating on a shoestring. Fortunately in […]

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Guest column: Republicans prioritize money over people

By Scott Pelath House Minority Leader After nearly four years of one-party rule in Indiana, it seems only fair to examine how the Statehouse club management is doing. For the folks in my beloved home of LaPorte County, its impact is being felt with the anxiety over Camp Summit, a tough-love boot camp that has put […]

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Analysis: Bayh, Pence and the 2016 election

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – One key politician in Indiana has revealed his plans for the 2016 election, while another continues to dodge the question. Democrat Evan Bayh announced that he would not run for governor in two years. Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Mike Pence said he would… well… actually, he didn’t say anything about […]

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Analysis: Free textbooks not likely to make next year’s budget

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Superintendent Glenda Ritz wants lawmakers to start spending another $70 million annually to make textbooks free for all Hoosiers. But it’s going to be a tough sell. Democrats have tried for years to get majority Republicans to go along with the idea. But the hefty price tag has […]

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